as part of the 35th Annual Meeting of the Decision Sciences Institute,
Boston, November 20-23 2004,
part of the track MS/OR: Techniques, Models and Applications


The scope of the papers in this minitrack covers areas of theory and application of soft and hard OR methods and systems thinking applied to Complex Societal Problems.

You can consider Soft Systems Methodology, SAST, SODA, Interactive planning, Systems dynamics, Group Support Systems, the Compram method and any other soft and hard OR approach being applied to societal problems, e.g. community applications, environmental issues, large cities and urban planning, rural development etc. 

 The minitrack is organized by Dr D. DeTombe (The Netherlands) and Dr. D Petkov, ECSU and

Dr. O.Petkova, CCSU on behalf of the International and European and North American  OR Working Group on Solving Complex Societal Problems & Issues.


The organizers invite contributions to the 2004 Annual Meeting in the following categories: Refereed Research Paper by April 8 st 2004

and Non-Refereed Research Abstract by April 30th 2004.


See the submission page for details. Indicate as track MS/OR: Techniques, Models and Applications, specifying in the beginning of the abstract the words: Complex Societal Problems Mini-track.


Interested authors are invited to submit the paper title, authorís name, affiliation, and contact email and the 50 word abstract of their paper to

before April 8 st 2004 in addition to the official submission for the DSI conference.


Any questions may be addressed to the minitrack organizers Dr D DeTombe, Chair, International and Euro OR Working Group on Solving Complex Societal Problems & Issues,

,  Dr Don Petkov, ECSU, co-chair North American OR Research Group on Solving Complex Societal Problems & Issues

, or Dr Olga Petkova, CCSU,, co-chair North American OR Research Group on Solving Complex Societal Problems & Issues



see for conferences from 1994-2003



Structure & Goal Research Groups on Complex Societal Problems & Issues


Books of Complex societal Problems & Issues &

Abstracts Books of conference presentations



Year reports research groups

Agenda's of Research Meetings


Become a member of the research groups?


 Methods of Complex Societal Problems & Issues: COMPRAM


For direct policy support in handling Complex Societal Problems & Issues

Foundation Greenhill & Waterfront


General corresp. address:

Dr. Dorien J. DeTombe, President

Chair International - , Euro - , West-Euro- & Dutch Operational Research Research Group Complex Societal Problems & Issues

P.O. Box. 3286, 1001 AB Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Europe Tel: +31 20 6927526  E-Mail:


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